QATAR HAS taken delivery in Doha of its first batch of four Super Mushshak aircraft, which will be used for primary training. Arrival of the aircraft was announced today, July 19, by the Qatar Ministry of Defence’s Moral Guidance Directorate.
To mark the occasion, the Qatar Armed Forces held a launch event today at the Al Zaeem Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Atiyyah Air College under the patronage of HE Chief of Staff, Major General (Pilot) Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Major-General (Pilot) Ahmed bin Ibrahim al Malki, Deputy Commander of the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). Also present was a high-level delegation from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which included Officers from the Pakistan Air Force, several members of the embassy and the Pakistani military attaché. Brigadier (Pilot) Salem Hamad Aqeel Al Nabit, Commander of Al Zaeem Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Atiyyah Air College, expressed his pride with today’s launch event for the arrival of the first batch of Super Mushshaks to join the training aircraft fleet in the college.
Qatar finalised a contract with Pakistan for these aircraft on June 23, 2016. It came four months after two aircraft had been exhibited at Doha International Airport, to the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Qatar Prime Minister, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. The deal was signed by HE Commander of Al Zaeem Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Attiyah Air College Brigadier (Pilot) Salem Hamad Al Nabet for Qatar and by the then Deputy Chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik for Pakistan. There are eight Super Mushshaks involved in the order with the second batch of four aircraft expected to be delivered before the end of the year.